The Walt Disney Company renews vows with AWS for Disney+ global rollout

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The Walt Disney Company has reaffirmed its commitment to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the global rollout of its streaming service, Disney+.

Disney+ is ‘expanding its use of AWS… services to include more than 50 technologies, such as machine learning, database, storage, content delivery, serverless, and analytics’, in the words of the press materials.

One example is Amazon Kinesis, an AWS service which helps with the real-time collection, processing and analysing of real-time streaming data. Another is Amazon DynamoDB, AWS’ key value database. Disney+ also utilises Amazon Timestream, AWS’ serverless, time series database built for large scale ingestion and real-time querying of data.

AWS remains the media giant’s preferred public cloud infrastructure provider, per an original announcement in 2017. Two years later, as this publication reported, Walt Disney Studios signed a five-year ‘innovation partnership’ with Microsoft to ‘help accelerate innovation for production and post-production processes.’

“Disney+ has completely reinvented what’s possible in content delivery by challenging convention and using cloud technology to build a streaming product from scratch that had never been launched and marketed before on such a global scale,” said Joe Inzerillo, The Walt Disney Company EVP and CTO for direct to consumer in a statement.

“AWS has been our preferred cloud provider for years, and its proven global infrastructure and expansive suite of services has contributed meaningfully to the incredible success of Disney+.”

Amazon Web Services will be reporting its financial results for Q121 later today. Check out CloudTech’s reports of Microsoft and Google respectively, who reported earlier this week.

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